THE SCENE: A TACO CART ON NW 27TH AVENUE AND NW 17TH STREET.
DRAMATIS PERSONAE: Taco Stand owner Moises Gonzeles, Miami Herald Photographer Al Diaz, Judge Deborah White Labora, her two children- Christopher 20 (a/k/a The Cobra-keep reading) and Amanda 17, Ian Vaquero-an Iraqi war veteran, and James Dewey Bretthauer- suspected thief on rollerblades (I know- but we are not making this up.)
THE EVENTS: Al Diaz is speaking to Taco vender Moises Gonzales for a story on the taco cart. He puts down his $5,000.00 camera and along comes James Dewey Bretthauer on roller blades who grabs the camera!
Gonzlaes takes off after the thief and flags down Judge White-Labora who is with her children in their mini-van on the way to the airport.
"Follow that rollerblader" (or words to that effect) shouts Gonzales, and off goes the Judge and her brood in a high-speed pursuit of the thief.
As they get near the neer-do-well, Judge Labora-White's son Christopher leaps from the van "like a " cobra" according to his sister Amanda, and wrestles the rollerblading robber into the yard of Iraqi war Veteran Ian Vaquero. This being Miami, Mr. Vaquero promptly pulls out his 9mm handgun and straightens the mess out and detains the thief until Miami's finest arrive.
"Thank god for the second amendment and armed civilians" says young Christopher to the Herald.
Diaz- the rattled photographer had this to say to the Herald:
``I never thought photographing food vendors would be a dangerous affair,'' said the veteran journalist, who has covered everything from armed invasions to fashion shows. ``But the taco stand owner, the drug court judge, the boy and the Iraq war veteran, they are my heroes.''
Rumpole says: Just another day in the big city. Kudos to Judge White-Labora and her kids. And if we get the case we promise to go easy on them in depo.